16 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary

16 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary

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16 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  13 h 30 min
1
Ashgabat
— 5 nights
Fly:  1 h
2
Mary
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 30 min
3
Kunya-Urgench
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
Darvaza
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  18 h 45 min
End: Kuala Lumpur

5
nights
Ashgabat

Ashgabat ©
A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
Ashgabat is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, casinos, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Parthian Settlement of Nisa, identify plant and animal life at Kow Ata Underground Lake, examine the collection at Turkmen Museum of Fine Arts, and pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument.

Before you visit Ashgabat, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Ashgabat is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Ashgabat due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in July, you will find days in Ashgabat are somewhat warmer (45°C), and nights are about the same (29°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mary.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
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Parthian Settlement of Nisa ©
Parthian Settlement of Nisa
Independence Monument ©
Independence Monument
Turkmen Carpet Museum ©
Turkmen Carpet Museum

2
nights
Mary

Mary ©
Prosperous thanks to its successful cotton growing and processing industry, Mary retains much of the Soviet-era sensibility once prevalent in this part of the world.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Gurbanguly Hajji Mosque, explore the ancient world of Gyaur Kala, and then get engrossed in the history at National History and Ethnology Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Pokrovskaya Church and then delve into the distant past at Gonur Depe.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Mary trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Ashgabat to Mary takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Mary are 45°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Kunya-Urgench.

Things to do in Mary

Historic Sites Museums
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Gyaur Kala ©
Gyaur Kala
Gurbanguly Hajji Mosque ©
Gurbanguly Hajji Mosque
National History and Ethnology Museum ©

3
nights
Kunya-Urgench

Kunya-Urgench ©
Konye-Urgench, also known as Kunya-Urgench, Old Urgench or Urganj, is a municipality of about 30,000 inhabitants in north Turkmenistan, just south from its border with Uzbekistan. Kunya-Urgench is known for historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kunya-Urgench, don't miss a visit to Konye Urgenc, and delve into the distant past at Il Arslan Mausoleum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kunya-Urgench trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Mary to Kunya-Urgench in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Mary in July, you will find days in Kunya-Urgench are a bit cooler (41°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). You will leave for Darvaza on the 11th (Sat).

Things to do in Kunya-Urgench

Historic Sites
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Kunya-Urgench ©
Kunya-Urgench
Kutlug Timur Minaret ©
Kutlug Timur Minaret
Konye Urgenc ©
Konye Urgenc

5
nights
Darvaza

Darvaza ©
Darvaza is known for nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Darvaza Gas Crater and don't miss a visit to Darvaza Water Crater.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Darvaza trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Kunya-Urgench to Darvaza in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and train. You'll set off for home on the 16th (Thu).

Things to do in Darvaza

Parks Nature
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Darvaza Gas Crater ©
Darvaza Gas Crater
Darvaza Water Crater ©
Darvaza Water Crater

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